Physician experience with speech recognition software in psychiatry: Usage and perspective

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Objective: The purpose of this paper is to extend a previous study by evaluating the use of a speech recognition software in a clinical psychiatry milieu. Physicians (n = 55) at a psychiatric hospital participated in a limited implementation and were provided with training, licenses, and relevant devices. Post-implementation usage data was collected via the software. Additionally, a post-implementation survey was distributed 5 months after the technology was introduced. Results: In the first month, 45 out of 51 (88%) physicians were active users of the technology; however, after the full evaluation period only 53% were still active. The average active user minutes and the average active user lines dictated per month remained consistent throughout the evaluation. The use of speech recognition software within a psychiatric setting is of value to some physicians. Our results indicate a post-implementation reduction in adoption, with stable usage for physicians who remained active users. Future studies to identify characteristics of users and/or technology that contribute to ongoing use would be of value.




Fernandes, J., Brunton, I., Strudwick, G., Banik, S., & Strauss, J. (2018, October 1). Physician experience with speech recognition software in psychiatry: Usage and perspective. BMC Research Notes. BioMed Central Ltd.

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